Gabrielle Stewart has been appointed managing director of world sales company HanWay Films. Its slate includes Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, Juan Carlos Medina’s “The Limehouse Golem,” and Khyentse Norbu’s “Hema-Hema,” which are all bound for the Toronto Film Festival.
Stewart joins the London-based company, chaired by producer Jeremy Thomas, in October, replacing Thorsten Schumacher, who announced his departure in July.
Stewart has served as senior VP of international sales and distribution at Los Angeles-based Bloom Media since she left Exclusive Media with Alex Walton to establish the company three years ago. Prior to Exclusive she spent eight years in London at Focus Features International, where she served as VP of international sales. She started out in the business at Renaissance Films. Stewart will remain part of the Bloom team during the Toronto Film Festival.
Thomas said: “For nearly 20 years HanWay has distinguished itself as the filmmakers’ sales company. Our strength is in our deep relationships with producers and talent, and the care and attention we give to the details. Gabrielle brings tremendous sales expertise and experience to our business: she’s had the good fortune to sell films for some of the most prestigious filmmakers working today within both a studio and independent environment. She joins an outstanding management team of some 25 people run by our peerless department heads.”
Stewart said: “After some fabulous years working in Los Angeles I am excited to be returning home to London to work for a company that stands out as a beacon of the best in independent cinema.”
HanWay’s deputy chairman Peter Watson added: “Gabrielle has built a career selling great films by great directors. She’s a perfect fit for us. What’s more she’s highly cultivated, a marvelous linguist, tenacious and tremendously charming.”
Other films on HanWay’s slate include Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which is in production, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” from John Cameron Mitchell, Haifaa Al Mansour’s “A Storm in the Stars,” Stanley Tucci’s “Final Portrait,” which is in post-production, and, coming up, Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette,” starring Keira Knightley.